Johnsonburg, PA – Thanks to a Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) grant, the threat of flooding along the Clarion River in Johnsonburg can now be addressed, according to state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield).

“When the weather forecast calls for heavy rain, one of the big concerns in Johnsonburg is possible flooding caused by the river and whether or not it will further impact the already-eroded retaining wall near Harrison Avenue,” said Gabler. “This grant will allow borough officials to address the problem by making improvements to the area between Grant Street and Terra Cotta Avenue.”

The $656,000 grant will fund the entire project, which consists of the following:

• Realigning the roadway west of Harrison Avenue away from the existing embankment.
• Constructing new lanes, shoulders and guiderail.
• Paving and reconnecting to the existing sewer line.
• Excavating and re-grading the eastern embankment to reduce the amount of slope.
• Installing a new retaining wall on the western side of the road.

“Borough officials were ecstatic when we called to tell them the grant application was accepted,” added Gabler. “It is very gratifying to be the bearer of good news, especially on a project like this.”

The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development. The grant is funded through the Multimodal Transportation Fund Program, one of nine programs through which grants may be applied.

Questions about this legislation or any state-related matter may be directed to Gabler’s St. Marys office at (814) 781-6301.